June 6, 2010 Subject:
Definite Improvement of Musical Style
Intro: Odd, discordant sample use, coupled with reverb, stereo panning, and layering. I can only imagine what this would sound like if I wasn't sober. Sets the tone for the rest of the album.
3 AM Madness: Now here's something you don't hear everyday in power noise... looped orchestral string samples. I also like the sparse hi hats in the background run through a phaser. Nice touch.
Climbing: Awesome looped classical music piece (I know I've heard the original song but for the life of me can't put my finger on its name), the loops repeat perfectly and I like the recurring subway train sample in the background.
The Blackest Sky: Another fast paced looped classical music piece with a power noise drum track. Some parts tend to be slightly repetitive but the song changes back and forth by the time this occurs, so repetition becomes nominal, something a lot of power noise tends to have a problem with.
The Grudge: I like the brass in the beginning, but I can't help but feel the string sample loop is a tad overused throughout the song. I enjoyed the abrupt changeover at 0:47. Finally, the moment I've been waiting for while listening to this entire album, the song's staple sample gets glitched out and spliced up at 2:47, right before the song ends.
Back in the Hole: I like the eerie pad that begins right after the first drum fill at around 0:05. The piano/ string crescendo combo was a nice break away from the other classical instrument samples used in the other songs on this album. I absolutely love the breakdown that starts at 0:33, complete with vinyl scratches and tons of splicing. This song is arguably the best on this album, it employs everything I believe other songs were lacking in terms of variation and ample effects usage. Very well done.
Overall, this album reminds me a lot of past Hindu Pez work, specifically one of my favorite pieces, the first track from March of the Destroyers. Only this material is more refined and loop based rather than relying solely on traditional 4/4 power noise repetitive distorted drum samples. The only gripes I have is that I wish the tracks where slightly longer and that more glitch/ grain shifter/ slicer effects were employed. Other than that I think this is a rather solid piece of art.
June 6, 2010 Subject:
An Ode To No One
This album is perfect. It's a shame I can't listen to it constantly. I only get to hear it once in a while. I wish I could write more, but this is ending up a pretty blank page. Farewell and goodnight, and listen to this album.
May 27, 2010 Subject:
Skillful and Intricate
By far the best album in the Hindu Pez repertoire, abUSE is an intriguing musical work. A very different auditory sensation from anything you will ever get on public radio, the albums rapid pace will not cease to amaze the listener. The abUSE EP combines classical elements with modern electronic ones to create a masterful record that is changing and exciting to listen to.
Every song is brilliant on its own, but together it is really a masterpiece for the genre. It is easy to tell that the musician has passion, drive and skill in his field.